Main Event

Lei Long Forces Two Folds

Lei Long
Lei Long

On a flop of {5-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{a-Hearts}, a small blind player made a standard raise, while the under-the-gun player called. Lei Long wanted the pot as he re-raised all-in to 30,050 in chips.

The player in the small blind tanked for a while and eventually had the clock called on him. Finally, time ran out, forcing him to fold.

Next, it was the under-the-gun player who thought hard if he should play his cards. After a long while, the clock was called on him as well, constraining him to also fold, giving Lei Long the pot.

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Alan's Stack Takes a Slight Dip

Alan Escano
Alan Escano

Pre-flop, Alan Escano made a raise to 1,350 from the cut-off and Matthew Chan from the big blind decided to make it 4,000 total. Alan made the call and the two saw a flop of {9-Spades}{q-Hearts}{3-Spades}.

With three cards already out, Matthew bet out 5,000 more into the pot. Alan thought about it for a while and decided to fold.

He is now at about 59,000.

Tags: Alan EscanoMatthew Chan

Chuck's Ladies Take it Down

Charles Choi
Charles Choi

Over on one of the far tables, Charles "Chuck" Choi got a much-needed double-up off one of the chip leaders.

On a board of {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{7-Spades}, Claude Diel bet out 8,500 and Chuck responded by going all-in for his last 14,000. It was a quick call by Claude and the cards were tabled:

Claude: {j-}{10-}
Chuck: {q-}{q-}

Chuck had hit the set on the flop but would need to dodge a nine or ace to stay alive. The turn {7-Spades} blanked out and river {k-Spades} cemented the win for Chuck, giving him a double to about 30,000.

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Boat on the Flop

Thomas Floan
Thomas Floan

Thomas Floan has more than doubled up his stack after getting the best of a three-way all-in.

Pre-flop, Thomas got it all-in with {j-}{j-} and was ahead against the {7-}{7-} and {a-}{q-} of two other players.

It was pretty much all over on the flop as it came {10-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for the quick full house.

The turn and river blanked out, sending the player with pocket sevens to the rail while cutting deep into the chips of the deeper-stacked opponent.

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Eddie Runs Into Three Kings

Eddie Santos
Eddie Santos

Another member of the Filipino contingent, Eddie Santos, has just busted out of the tournament.

On a flop of {a-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{k-Clubs}, Eddie went over the top of Bryan Huang's bet by going all-in with {a-}{9-} for the two-pair. Unfortunately for him, Bryan snap-called to show a dominating {k-}{k-} for the set!

Eddie would need an ace to keep him alive but nothing came as the turn and river blanked with the {6-Spades} and {2-Spades}, respectively.

Bryan is now at about 30,000 while Eddie is now out of Day 2.

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Wally Sombero Doubles Up

Wally Sombero
Wally Sombero

Wally Sombero, widely considered as the "Godfather of Philippine Poker", has just gotten back into contention after doubling up his short stack.

Pre-flop, a raise and re-raise sequence ended up with Wally shoving all-in and a lone opponent making the call.

Wally: {9-}{9-}
Opponent: {a-}{k-}

Wally was ahead with the pocket pair and put a stranglehold on the hand as the flop came {j-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{8-Spades} to give him a set.

It was all over by the turn as the {j-Hearts} landed, improving him to a full house.

The meaningless river {2-Clubs} was dealt and Wally raked in the chips to double to about 33,000.

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Bad River Takes Out a Player

Lee Myungchan
Lee Myungchan

Pre-flop, Jojo Tech made a standard raise and a second player responded by re-raising. Action went over to Lee Myungchan, who made the call, while Jojo decided to get out of the way.

Flop: {6-}{10-}{9-}

After the first three cards came out, he bigger stacked Lee went all-in and the other player snap-called, showing a superior {k-}{k-} against Lee's {10-}{8-}.

Lee still had plenty of outs, and hit on the river as the {8-} appeared, giving him two-pair and knocking the at-risk player out of the tournament.

We are down to 109.

Tags: Jojo TechLee Myungchan

Noel Forces a Fold


Pre-flop, it looked like we were on our way to a big showdown after Noel Maturan made a raise to 2,500 from the low-jack and the player in the button re-raised to 7,000.

After thinking for a while, Noel made the call and the two saw a flop of {k-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{j-Clubs}.

Noel instantly shoved all-in for his last 8,900 and the button player, after considering his options, decided the better of it and mucked his hand.

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Aces No Match for a Miracle

The Miracle strikes early!
The Miracle strikes early!

It's just minutes into Day 2 and Melvin "The Miracle" Matibag has already lived up to his nickname.

After some raising pre-flop, it went over to Melvin who shoved his stack of more than 17,000 all-in. One of the Chinese players at his table snap-called and the cards were tabled:

Melvin: {5-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Opponent: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}

It looked like Melvin was on his way out the door as he was a long shot against pocket rockets.

However, things got interesting as the flop came {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}, putting the entire table on the edge of their seats.

The turn of {2-Clubs} did not help, but the {3-Hearts} on the river sent Melvin jumping onto his chair and shouting, "It's a miracle!" to the entire room.

After doubling up, he is now at about 36,000.

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